Sebastopol is an agriculturally based town in Sonoma County. The population was 7,774 at the 2000 census, but its businesses also serve surrounding rural portions of Sonoma County, totalling about 50,000 people.
It is about a 20 minute drive from the Pacific Ocean, between Santa Rosa and Bodega Bay, and is known for its progressive politics and small-town charm. It was once primarily a plum- and apple-growing region; wine grapes are now predominant, and almost all ex-orchards are now vineyards. World-famous horticulturist Luther Burbank had gardens in this fertile region.
The city hosts an annual Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Apple Fair, and is the home of publisher O’Reilly Media, which publishes books on open-source software. Sebastopol is the most politically progressive town in Sonoma County and was the second town in the United States to elect an unofficially “Green party” city council.
It’s a declared nuclear free zone and is friendly to vegans, artists, and musicians. The schools are superb and the parents chasing good schools for their kids have made home values here among the highest in the County.
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